If you have been asking yourself “How old is my AC unit?” or “Why is my AC always breaking down?” then it is a good idea to start seeing whether or not you need an AC repair or an upgrade. That said, you need to be certain because air conditioners are expensive.
Here are four things you can look at to help you decide.
4 Indicators You Need a New AC
Forget repairs and instead call for an upgrade to your AC if:
1. Your AC is Getting Older
The first thing you need to consider is the age of your AC. The average lifespan of an AC is 10 to 15 years. While a system may still be operational beyond this age range, it certainly won’t keep up with efficiency. What’s more, it will also be far more at risk of a catastrophic breakdown that forces a system replacement.
If you notice that your older AC system is struggling, it is a likely sign that a system upgrade is in your near future.
2. The System Needs Frequent Repairs
Have you noticed that your AC keeps breaking down? You should not have to fix your AC more than once every few years. Once a year or even more frequently is something that indicates a failing system. The more frequent the repairs and the older the system, the more likely you will need an upgrade in the near future.
3. The Cost of Repairs Has Gotten Too High
Keeping track of how much you spend on repairs will help you make a decision. Take the price of your ideal next AC then halve it. If the cost of the repairs is equal to or more than the value you got from this, you need to replace it.
Upgrades are not inexpensive, but they are necessary. Keeping a dysfunctional AC around will cost you more than you may think you’re saving. You need to find a balance that will work with your budget while satisfying your needs.
4. Your AC Can’t Cool the House Anymore
Finally, you will know you need to change your AC when it no longer works. If you feel too hot even when the air conditioner is running, that is an obvious sign that it is too old for the job.
Watch out for such glitches, especially after your AC has just gone through a round of repairs. That will show you that there is greater benefit in upgrading it rather than just trying to keep it running.
Now you have a better idea of whether or not you’d be better off replacing your system, it is time to take the next steps. Upgrading your AC is a big financial step and you must not rush into it. Do some research and find a new model that suits your needs. Look into financing options too in order to help your budget. You should not use an outdated, half-functioning AC, and our team can help get you set up with a better, more efficient system.